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A bid by two men to become the first Japanese to cross the Pacific in a balloon ended Tuesday evening some 12 hours after it began.

Michio Kanda, a 54-year-old official of the municipal government of Kawajima, Saitama Prefecture, and Naoki Ishikawa, 26, a graduate student of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, made an emergency landing in waters about 1,500 km east of Miyagi Prefecture.

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